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Scott Stricklin: Florida-Tennessee game will be assessed after Hurricane Irma

Scott Stricklin
COURTESY FLORIDA ATHLETICS

If any changes are made to this week’s Florida-Tennessee game, that determination won’t or hasn’t been made just yet.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin wrote late Saturday night on Twitter that the game will be assessed after Hurricane Irma has passed.

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“Focus is ensuring the safety of our athletes, staff & families,” Stricklin wrote in response to a Twitter user who asked the latest on the game’s future. “Will assess situation after the storm. Prayers for all in Irma’s path.”

Florida and Tennessee currently are scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET this Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida already had its game Saturday against Northern Colorado canceled because of Hurricane Irma.

Last season, Florida had its Oct. 8 game against LSU postponed and later rescheduled to Nov. 19. But that required both schools to cancel non-conference games already scheduled for that date. The game also moved from Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Both Florida and Tennessee, however, have different bye weeks and neither plays a non-conference game for the remainder of the season on the same date. Regardless, the game likely will be played because of its potential implications in the SEC standings – a point made last season when the SEC worked to find a new date for the Florida-LSU game.

In the ACC, the conference announced Saturday evening that this Saturday’s Florida State-Miami game has been rescheduled to Oct. 7 because of Hurricane Irma. Both schools already had an open date for that week.

Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history, made landfall in Florida Sunday as a Category 3 storm. At its strongest point, it was a Category 5.

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